Full Vita

Dr. Jacob Wilson
Ph.D. CSCS

President, Co-founder Abcbodybuilding.com
Email:  jwilson@abcbodybuilding.com

 

Education:

2006-Present             PhD Exercise Physiology:  Concentration - Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Florida
  State University, Tallahassee, Florida

2006                        Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA

2005-2006                 M.S. Kinesiology: Concentrations - Exercise Physiology and Motor
                               Learning/Sport and Exercise Psychology, California State
                               University Eastbay (Thesis:“The  especial skill phenomena present at
                               the 60.5 foot distance in experienced baseball players.”)

2003-04                         B.S. (Summa Cum Laude honors, dean’s list) Exercise Nutrition &
                               Wellness. California State University Hayward, CA

Introduction

Jacob Wilson is the Co-founder and President of Abcbodybuilding.com. He is also a skeletal muscle physiologist and researcher in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Jacob has an unparalleled dedication to the sport of bodybuilding, and has devoted the majority of his life to helping thousands of bodybuilders reach their goals. His academic achievements are vast, and include degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, dozens of publications, and extensive experience teaching and public speaking.

What makes Jacobs’ research so unique is that he has successfully bridged the gap between science and the sport of bodybuilding. Indeed, when Jacob founded this site, he saw a chasm between bodybuilders – who relied heavily on experience and anecdotal evidence – and scientists, who relied purely on laboratory research. Therefore, he engaged on a personal mission to apply everything he learned in the lab, directly to his training in the gym; and likewise, everything he has learned in the gym, he applies directly to his research in the lab. It is this combination of science and application that makes the recommendations given on this site so unique and effective.

Interview with Jacob Wilson

What motivated you to co found abcbodybuilding.com?

As crazy as this sounds, outside of God and family, bodybuilding is the number one subject which consumes my life, and dominates my thoughts.  Roughly 8 years ago I recognized the general lack of scientists who dedicated their careers to the study of how to optimally enhance those in this sport, and so I dedicated this site, and my career to the process.  It is our hope that bodybuilders can find a haven of scientific information regarding our sport here.’

Who do you admire most as a bodybuilder?

Tom Platz for his freaky legs, Lee Priest and Sergio Oliva for their overhead pose, of course Arnold because he is the king, and finally my colleague Layne Norton.  Not only does Layne have an incredible physique, but he is an ambassador for natural bodybuilding and a great scientist.

Who do you admire most as a scientist(s)

Honestly, my brother Gabriel Wilson.  In terms of skeletal muscle growth, I know of no one who has more of an expertise on the subject.  Outside of him, I would say Dr. Lynn Panton because she has been just an amazing mentor to me, is an absolutely amazing scientist and one of the pioneers of HMB research.  Of course Dr. Jeong-su Kim who taught me everything I know about wetlab techniques in the study of skeletal muscle.  Finally Drs. Kraemer and Jose Antonio.  The former is probably the greatest overall scientist in our field now, while the latter has contributed greatly to nutrition for bodybuilding.

What advice would you give to up and coming bodybuilders?

Live, eat, and breathe the sport not only physically and mentally, but also spiritually.  Second, recognize that science can give you a potent edge in building muscle and staying lean.

What is the best all around supplement?

Essential amino acids, and BCAAs.  Why?  Because they revolutionize the meaning of caloric efficiency.  Bodybuilding is a twisted sport in that you must be as huge as possible while being as lean as possible.  Thus caloric efficiency is absolutely critical for these purposes.  Essential amino acids can stimulate as much muscle growth in 50 calories as most protein shakes can in 2 to 300 calories.

What advice would you give to someone pursuing an academic career dedicated to the study of muscle?

Use active learning.  In other words apply everything in your schooling to your own body and others.  This will bring academia alive.’ 

Who had the greatest influence on your career?

My Dad. He is and always will be my greatest mentor.  I still go to him for advice daily, he is that wise.

What are the other interests in your life?

I am into studying the Bible and creation science as I think it is important, especially for a scientist to have answers to intellectual questions.  Apart from this my life is pretty much dedicated to bodybuilding and training.  

RESEARCH

Research Interests:

The effects of resistance training, amino acid feedings, and amino acid metabolites on skeletal muscle tissue morphology(specifically factors which stimulate hypertrophy), adipose tissue, strength and function in young and aging populations. 

The underlying endocrine and local myogenic / mitogenic changes which drive the adaptations seen following resistance training.

In the FYU muscle laboratory we analyze in vitro mRNA and protein responses to various exercising and or nutritional interventions in skeletal muscle.  We are also collaborating with the National High Fields Magnetic Laboratory to view in vivo changes in myofiber dimensions and metabolic capacity in response to resistance training and supplementation interventions.

Research in Progress

I am currently investigating changes in metabolic capacity in aging skeletal muscle using the most advanced MR techniques, and seeing their relationship to impaired structural regenerative capacity in old as compared to young skeletal muscle tissue.  I am also analyzing the dose dependent response of an HMB supplement on indices of muscle damage in sarcopenic muscle.

Selected Teaching Experience:

COURSES DEVELOPED

CSU Eastbay - Adaptations to External Resistance training for Elite Athletic Populations. 

COURSES TAUGHT or T.A. For:

Florida State University 2007-2008

  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory

CSU Eastbay 2004-2006

  • Motor learning and Motor Learning Laboratory

  • Exercise Physiology Lab

  • Lectured in nearly every core college exercise science course including exercise nutrition, biomechanics, and exercise stress.

PUBLICATIONS

Selected Published Abstracts

Wilson, J.M., Kingsley, J.D., Toole, T., Mengelkoch, L., & Panton, L.B. (2007). Measurement of functionality in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease utilizing the CS-PFP. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5), S334.
Hornbuckle, L.M., Kingsley, J.D. Wilson, J., St. John, N., Holmes, A., Mathis, R, Van Tassel, J., McMillan, V., Figueroa, A., & Panton, L. (2007). Effects of strength training and chiropractic therapy on functionality in women with Fibromyalgia. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5), S294.

Wilson, J., Simons, J, Wilson, G., Theall, S. & Rodriquez, W. (2007). A Test of Self-Efficacy and Parameterization Changes as Possible Explanations for the Especial Skills Phenomenon at the 60.5 Foot Distance for Highly Experienced Baseball Pitchers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. NASPSPA Conference. California, San Diego.

Wilson, G., Simons, J., Wilson, J. & Rodriquez, W. (2007). The Non-Emergence of an Especial Skill: Good is Not Enough. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. NASPSPA Conference. California, San Diego.

J.M. Wilson, J-S. Kim, S-R. Lee, G.J. Wilson, B. Sommer, J. Colon, T., Diah, D. Mendez, J.D. Kingsley, L.B. Panton. FACSM Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL ACUTE TIMING EFFECTS OF β-HYDROXY β-METHYL BUTYRATE (HMB) SUPPLEMENTATION ON MUSCLE STRENGTH AND SORENESS. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)

Murriet, J., Figuroa, A., Wilson., J.M., Panton, L.B. The effects of high intensity weight training and interval training on metabolism. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp) 208

Wilson, J.M., L.M. Hornbuckle, J-S. Kim, B.A. Sommer, S-R. Lee, T. Diah, B. Dalmeau, D. Mendez, L.B. Panton, FACSM Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL (To be presented in June)
THE EFFECTS OF STATIC STRETCHING ON ENERGY COST AND ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE DURING TREADMILL RUNNING Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2008

G.J. Wilson, J.M. Wilson. HMB Current and Future Directions, Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL International Society of Sports Nutrition Annual Conference, Las Vegas 2009

J.M. Wilson, J-S. Kim, S-R. Lee, G.J. Wilson, B. Sommer, J. Colon, T., Diah, D. Mendez, J.D. Kingsley, L.B. Panton. FACSM Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL ACUTE TIMING EFFECTS OF β-HYDROXY β-METHYL BUTYRATE (HMB) SUPPLEMENTATION ON Serum Indices of Muscle Damage. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009

Lee, S-R., E.C. Archer, J.M. Wilson, K.P. Leonard, C. Ugrinowitsch, Y-M. Park, P.C. Henning, S. Hooshmand, B. Neema, and J-S. Kim, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
DEXA-determined Body Composition Differences between Young and Old Rats Are Not Sensitive Enough to Predict Age-related Strength and Sensorimotor Function Decrements
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009

Archer, E.C. S. Grant, B. Arjmandi, C. Levenson, J.M. Wilson, K. P. Leonard, C. Ugrinowitsch, and J-S. Kim, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEAN BODY MASS, AGE, AND ANXIETY-RELATED BEHAVIOR IN F344 RATS. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009

Sommer, B.A., J.M. Wilson, M.C. Zourdos, L.M. Hornbuckle, Y-M. Park, S-R. Lee, L.B. Panton, FACSM, and J-S. Kim. THE EFFECTS OF DYNAMIC STRETCHING ON ENERGY COST DURING A 30-MINUTE TIME TRIAL Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009

Zourdos, M.C., J.M. Wilson, B.A. Sommer, L.M. Hornbuckle, Y-M. Park, S-R. Lee, L.B. Panton, FACSM, and J-S Kim. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL THE EFFECTS OF DYNAMIC STRETCHING ON ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE DURING A 30-MINUTE TIME TRIAL Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Supp)2009

PUBLICATIONS – REFEREED

Ostarello, J.Z., J.M., Wilson, and G.J., Wilson. (2006) Muscle power enhances brain
power: A paradigm for student success in kinesiology. Western Society Review.

Wilson, J.M., and G.J., Wilson. (2006). Contemporary issues in protein
requirements and consumption for resistance trained athletes. Journal of the
International Society of Sports Nutrition. 3(1):7-27.
http://www.sportsnutritionsociety.org/site/pdf/JISSN-3-1-7-27-06.pdf

Wilson, G.J. and J.M., Wilson, Manninen, A. A mechanistic and practical examination of the effects of HMB on performance and body composition across varying levels of age, sex, and training experience. Nutrition & Metabolism 2008, 5:1 Achieved: designation.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18173841?dopt=Abstract

Wilson, J.M. and Flanagan, E. (2008). The effects of elastic energy in work, force, and power output. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: In Press (To be published in July)

Wilson, J.M. and G.J., Wilson. A Practical Approach to the Taper. (2008). The Strength and Conditioning Journal. 20(2): 10-26

White, J., Wilson, J.M., Panton, L.B. (2008) Effect of Carbohydrate-Protein Supplement Timing on Acute Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Achieved
http://www.jissn.com/content/5/1/5

Simons, J, Wilson, J.M., Wilson, G., Theall, S. & Rodriquez, W. A Test of Self-Efficacy and Parameterization Changes as Possible Explanations for the Especial Skills Phenomenon at the 60.5 Foot Distance for Highly Experienced Baseball Pitchers. Research Quarterly of Exercise and Sport (Accepted, In Press)

Panton, L.B., Figueroa, A., Kingsley, J.D., Hornbuckle, L., Wilson, J., St. John, N., Abood, D., Mathis, R.C., VanTassel, J., & McMillan, V. (2008). The effects of resistance training and chiropractic treatment in women with Fibromyalgia. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Accepted, In Press)

Book Chapters

Moffatt, R. J., Wilson, J.M., Lawrence, T. Nutrition for resistance training in middle aged adults. In: Nutrition for middle aged adults. TF-CRC (In Press)

 

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

2006-2007        College of Human Sciences Doctoral Research Fellowship 2006-2008
2006              CSCS, National Strength and Conditioning Association
2004-2005    

  •        CSUEASTBAY Kinesiology Teaching and Research Assistantship 2005 
  •      Joe Morgan Scholarship for Kinesiology Department 2005
  •        Summa Cum Laude Honors Graduate (Designated as graduating in the top 1 percentile of the CSU College graduating students)  
  •          Graduated with Kinesiology Department’s Outstanding Student Award for the class of 2005
  • Dean's List all Quarters – CSU Eastbay, CA

 MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

ACSM                     American College of Sports Medicine

APS                        American Physiology Society

NSCA                     National Strength and Conditioning Association  

ISSN                       International Society of Sports Nutrition

 



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